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Chloride commenting invite draws ‘a mountain’ of responses

Posted: July 25, 2013 5:03 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2013 5:03 p.m.

Santa Clarita Valley sewer district ratepayers flooded district officials with written comments this week as time ran out for the public to answer the question of how to remove chloride from the Santa Clara River.

“We have a mountain of comments to go through,” Ray Tremblay, spokesman for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, said Thursday, the day after the deadline for submissions.

Many of the submissions came in the day of the deadline, he added.

Asked about the nature of the comments, Tremblay said it was “grossly premature” to say anything.

In a bid to meet water-quality demands from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board — which wants chloride levels in the river to be no higher than 100 milligrams per liter as the water leaves Los Angeles County — local sanitation district officials submitted a choice of four plans that could do the job but would cost ratepayers millions of dollars.

District officials held six public meetings to collect comments and extended the deadline for 30 days.

But commenting at public meetings and elsewhere ranged beyond the four plans, covering the gamut of “Let’s sue over this” to “They can’t do this; let’s ignore it” to individuals’ alternative proposals.

The sanitation district officials’ job now is to put together a final proposal for the approval of the water quality control board. They have until the end of October to do so.
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